Entec’s landscape design team has completed a new £1m public realm scheme in London for Land Securities.
The project at the Thomas More Square complex near St. Katharine’s Dock in central London has taken a clinical and unwelcoming series of hard spaces and redesigned it as a re-humanised landscape for people to relax and enjoy. The key message of the scheme is that commercial public realm landscapes can be softer, sustainable and more innovative in function and form.
The design looked to create a new sustainable aesthetic for a city centre public realm landscape. Entec’s project director Anthony Brookfield said: “Our landscape designers have successfully injected new life and excitement into these urban spaces. The redevelopment has seen a valuable city centre commercial site refurbished and re-branded.
“We have incorporated sustainable design techniques using untreated oak for the retaining walls, substantially increasing the soft landscape areas and utilising lifted paving and walling materials by re-using them within gabion cage walling. This was a particularly challenging design approach that we feel has been fully embraced by the client and the tenants.”
Land Securities’ Jon Bryant said: “The main piazzas at Thomas More Square have been transformed through simple and effective design, softening what was previously an uncompromising backdrop.”